The management which was set in place within the formerly 'Sovereign' Military Order of Malta by Bergoglianist circles gave us, a few days ago, an example of something we all happily thought was dead.
I refer to the old 'latinising' arrogance which used to characterise the attitude of the more ignorant Latin Catholics towards those 'inferior' Catholics who have their own sui iuris liturgical traditions.
I believed the document on the internet to be Fake News, largely because of its improbability but also because of its remarkable illiteracy. So I did not furiously rush to my keyboard. It now transpires that this preposterous document is actually genuine. I am outraged.
For centuries, Roman Pontiffs admirably reprimanded narrow-minded latinising proselytisers who went East and tried to persuade Eastern Rite Catholics to abandon their own ancient traditions. Many of us assumed that Vatican II had finally seen off such tawdry and illegal aggression; and when S John Paul talked about the Catholic Church having two lungs, I for one assumed that this mindless bigotry was dead for good ... dead and buried deep.
It is apparently S John Paul who, at the heart of Bergoglian Rome, is now buried very deep. Hardly a day passes without further heavy loads of Bergoglian rubble being dumped upon his memory and his teaching.
In my foolish innocence, I had not adequately reckoned with the very cruel and monocultural tyranny which currently mars the Eternal City, and the extent of its brutal and disdainful contempt for the protections given and confirmed by previous popes to lawful diversity within the Catholic Church..
The de facto present authority in the SMOM has, albeit implicitly, banned the use within the Order of Oriental Catholic Rites.
He has also banned, again implicitly but equally categorically, the Anglican Use. I profoundly resent this attack on my own ecclesial body and its august and beautiful liturgical tradition. This gives me the right to express an opinion about a matter which might otherwise be deemed 'not my business'.
This deplorable individual, whether off his own bat or on orders from on high, has, in fact, gone further even than the ignorant latinising bully-boys of the nineteenth century. He is even narrower than they were. He not only requires the use only of the Roman Rite, but (very explicitly) he allows only one of the two lawful forms of the Roman Rite itself ... the so-called 'Ordinary Form'. He explicitly forbids the 'Extraordinary Form', and, by implication (although he does not explicitly name them) all other forms of Catholic worship. The Dominican Rite would thus also come under his intemperate condemnation.
In fact, his degree of ignorance is such that he refers to the 'ordinary rite of the Church', meaning by those words the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, without any apparent awareness that Holy Mother Church has many rites, all of equal dignity. This is totally within the spirit of the old pre-Vatican II latinisers who ignored and despised the lawful existence of the Oriental and other rites.
Previous popes considered it a point of honour to defend these rites.
PF has previously taken a close interest in the SMOM. Can he really be ignorant of these present goings on?
Or perhaps he has already 'forgotten' about them?